Historical & Cultural Tour
by Air and Road
Mark and Diane Williams write:
Highway Tours really took time to specifically organize something me and
my husband spoke of, even though it is out of the ordinary for tour companies to do something like
Eskinder took great care of us and my husband and I will always remember
what a great time we had contributing to Ethiopia !
Do not go for just ANY tour company! In a foreign place, you just don't
know who you will end up with or what kind of events will be worth your money. My husband and I are really
happy we chose Highway Tours.
I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH WHAT A GREAT TIME WE HAD IN ETHIOPIA. From the food
to the intimate tours - there was detailed attention put into every aspect of our trip. It was within budget
AND we had an AMAZING time !
We had the opportunity to participate in socially aware events such as the
World Food Walk. We visited natural scenery and local villages. Ethiopia has really tried to keep its
Our tour company was great - they organized amazing hikes at unbelievable
locations. You will have memories and pictures for a lifetime !
5 out of 5!!!!
Our trip was GREAT! Our organizer was SO considerate and thoughtful. We really have Eskinder and the whole
Highway Tour company to thank for our incredible time !
Mark and Diane Williams
Places Visited May - Jun, 2009:
17 Days and 16 Nights
The northern historical route takes you to the most famous monuments, including the millennia old ancient Stelae of
Also the medieval rock-hewn churches of Tigray and Lalibela, and the 16th century castles of
You will also see the cultural and wildlife sanctuaries of Netch-Sar, and Omo that contain not only
remarkable wild life, but also remarkable people.
Day 1 Arrive Addis Ababa:
A welcoming reception by Highway Tours and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 Addis Ababa City Tour:
We take you on a tour of Addis Ababa the friendly and amazingly safe, colorful and cheerful city with plenty of
cultural experiences, folk dancing, singing, restaurants and night clubs.
You may also visit the museums, housing ceremonial paraphernalia, royal and courtly robes and a
good collection of crowns. The fine arts and crafts of the country and Lucy, the fossilized hominid.
Day 3 Fly to Bahirdar:
Bahirdar makes a pleasant base to explore the Blue Nile falls and the island monasteries of Lake Tana. We also take
you to Woyto village where the people are known for their production of tankwa (papyrus) boats.
Day 4 Fly to Gondar:
One of the most impressive cities for preserved castles and other buildings. Fasiladas's palace is the most
impressive of the castles along with the famous and elaborately decorated churches of Debre Birhan Selassie.
Day 5 Fly to Lalibela:
These 12th century churches here are hewn out of a single rock with exceptional masonry skills. Lalibela ranks
among the greatest historical sites in the Christian world.
Day 6 Fly to Aksum:
The queen of Sheba's palace, bath and palace of King Kaleb. King Ezana's inscription, St Mary of Zion churches and
Aksum's astonishing Stelae that strike you for their huge size.
Day 7 Fly to Addis Ababa:
Return to Addis for over night stay in hotel.
Day 8 Drive to Arbaminch:
En route see the beautiful scenery. Visit the Dorze people who are known for their huge famous bee hive huts.
Day 9 Drive to Netch Sar Park, Lake Abaya, Tchamo:
From here you will travel to the beautiful Netch Sar Park, ranked among the most scenic and beautiful game reserves
in East Africa. You will also see Lake Abaya the largest rift valley lake and at Lake Tchamo you can enjoy the
spectacle of huge crocodiles.
Day 10 Drive to Jinka:
En route visit, Woito, and Keyafar. You could also visit the large and colorful market where you can expect to see
different ethnic groups, among them the Ari, Hammer, Bena, Karo, Koygu and Bodi.
Day 11 Drive to Mago, Mursi, and Murle:
Visit the Mursi one of the most famous tribes. Known for their traditions including the lip plate worn by the
women, and the fierce stick fighting between men.
Day 12-13 Drive to camp at Turmi:
Here the Hamar people are known for fine pottery and remarkable hair styling. You can also see their body
decoration their bead necklaces, iron coils around their arms and skins decorated with crocowry shells.
Day 14 Drive to Yabelo:
We visit Yabelo wild life sanctuary with over 194 species of birds and see some of the 25 species of mammal
including burchell's zebra and the greater and lesser kudus.
Day 15 Dr. to Langano or Wondogenet:
Enjoy the hot spring resort "Wondo genet" where you can relax, swim, hot water bath and view some of the many
Day 16 Drive to Addis:
See the lakes rich in water birds. Langano lakes, park of Shala and Abyata, Lake Zewai and Debrezeit's crater
lakes, plus enjoy a farewell dinner with Highway Tours.
Day 17 Departure:
Last minute shopping and transfer to the airport.
Prices start from $120 (USD) per person, per day, depending on time of year and whether persons are
sharing or non-sharing.
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